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  ABC    Inside Washington    News/Business. Round-table discussions  
   feature nationally recognized journalists. (CC)  

    September 26, 2010
    9:00 - 9:30am EDT  

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♪ --www.ncicap.org-- >> we are here today to put forth a new governing agenda by listening to the american people that offers a new way toward them of this week, house republicans unveiled their pledge to america. >> they want the next two years to look like the eight years before i took office. >> senate democrats dare republicans to say no to the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell our republicans say no. >> now was not the time to play politics. >> top security officials warn about homegrown terrorists. >> caution would dictate that it is not an aberration. >> and obama quote in bob woodward's new book fires up his critics. >> i think it is the most cold- blooded remark an american
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president, i can think about. >> what is ahead for the president's inner circle? >> one way out -- one day i would like to run for mayor of chicago. ♪ >> this week brought back memories of the day newt gingrich gave us his contract for america. today, he is occupied with dreams of being president of less than six weeks to go before the midterm election, house republicans revealed a new pledge to america which proposes to extend the bush tax cuts and shutting down the health care law. it involves pulling back on stimulus money and reducing the size of the federal government. what is new on this? >> nothing, it is a portable document which means it is dishonest.
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they say they will reduce deficits by cutting taxes. it just won't happen. most voters know it is dishonest and it is a document they don't believe in. >> i watched this unveiling as i watched the democrats and it just seems like noise at this point, meaningless noise. in this case it was orchestrated in order to have no ties and everyone sitting around trying to be something there were not and that is exactly what it looked like them up. as far as the november elections, this will not be a positive. it gets them off the party of being no and put something out there. if it doesn't work out the way it should, they will not do much about the deficit target on the other hand, i think it is important to look at this document that way, it delivers -- it tries to deliver on the
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promise to reduce the size of government because that is what the issue is between the two parties. no doubt about it, if republicans get both houses of congress, they will go after discretionary spending in the budget and go after social programs. it is just the opposite with the democrats. it is not a game changes. it gives them some talking points on both sides that anything new in that pledge? >> nothing new, as a tactical issue i would not have done it. when the other side has taken america ideologically it left, it gives the other side a target to shoot at. i think it is not a dishonest document. the aberration of obamacare that would save the budget by $3 trillion er a decade, i think that is where the money that has been wasted and spent
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by the administration. torte reform and other things, i figure would make a difference. all the other things as normal what you would expect from a republican administration about lowering taxes and less regulation. overall, with the good will make a difference. >> let's talk about repealing health care. parts of the law actually kicked in thursday. insurance companies can no longer drop you if you get sick. >> you will not go bankrupt. you will not lose your house. if you end up having an accident and you can get quality care them of the american people do not want this bill. they have not wanted this. you four to down their throats, mr. president, six months ago with this so-called parliamentary procedure called reconciliation them that that is republican congressman of georgia. if the republicans when the house, can they pull health care
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back? >> they will not repeal it on less they get a a huge majority in both houses. if they were to get a piece of legislation through the congress, president obama would veto it. plus, there are things in the bill that people do like. there are things that the president mentioned. >> the truth is, when you talk to republicans about this, they want to keep the things that people like. unfortunately, the things people like like no discrimination based on previous history and not dropping people when they get sick, they cost money to the insurance companies and that will pay for that by having a larger bunch of help the people who pay and because of the mandate. if you don't have the mandate, you cannot pay for this. >> if you have a child who is a bleeder, the insurance companies must cover this child. it will cost them money and i
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assume it will cost the client money, to that obama wisely front loaded this bill. >> there are big cost problems. it is a bad bill because of the smart politics -- they will not get 2/3 to rebuild. medea republican president with a republican congress in future years will change things. on to you get that combination, nothing will change. >> this is john behner's baby? i did not hear eric kanter speak. >> behner is not trying to force the republicans to sign on to this bill. gingrich got all the republicans to sign onto this. if you don't like this, they can run from it and some are running from >> what about conservatives out in the country? they are attacking this just like democrats. >> that is democracy, isn't it?
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>> john behner's objective has been achieved whether it is a wise move for not is another matter. >> in the end, with the underlying forces in the economy and politics, so strongly against republican, this will have a marginal effect. it gives democrats targets individual districts. if you are a pro-choice district and you are a moderate republican, you could look at the provision about the hite amendment, meaning no federal government funds even indirectly would go to abortion and you would have an issue. in the end, the economy and the failure of this administration is so obvious it will have its own affect regardless.
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>> i don't think the public is paying any attention to this stuff. i really don't. i think it is just noise. >> we know it, though. this is like an inside thing that nobody cares about them i care. >> "don't ask, don't tell" survives a senate vote. ♪ for he's a jolly good fellow t meeting's tomorrow in dallas ♪
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election is looming in a few weeks. >> i can't think of a better reason. >> i think this was pre- ordained bringing it up was political and susan collins' vote against it was political and she has to live in her party. the same is true on the disclosure bill for finances. >> there is a slight mr. bent station in the presentation of the issue. she did not change her mind on don't ask, don't tell. he locked into three ideas at once, don't ask, don't tell, 2 million illegal agreements, and the defense authorization. the republican objection was that if you give us a vote up and down separately -- richard lugar is a sponsor of the dream
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act. he voted against this because even though he supports the dream act he said he has 15 other objections of other elements and he will not accept it shoved down his throat. that is why the republicans opposed to this. >> harry reid added goodies. >> this is a legitimate objection. unfortunately, it is a legitimate objection with every bill. >> harry reid should not have left it open for amendments. i don't understand the idea. it should have been debated on its own merits. >> this is a vote to debate it.
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>> they will get rid of don't ask, don't tell, it's a matter of time. >> let me ask you about bill clinton. george stephanopoulos asked the former president what advice he had for the current president in dealing with angry voters. >> i would like to see him say here is what i think this election is about. the only thing that matters is what we do now very give us a few more years. if we don't do better, you can vote against us and i will be on the ballot. but against us all if it is not done. >> is that good advice? >> people love ex-presidents and ex-generals. it is also clear and simple. would president clinton have done that? no. >> it is not a bad calculation. two years from now, it will be better. we are coming out of this
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recession. things will be better a year- and-a-half from now. you are right, bill clinton would not have said this either. it will be better. >> he is quite a politician. >> 9.6% unemployment, what is better? >> obama has to break through the political deadlock. the public does not care whether the government is bigger and smaller. they care whether nobody takes responsibility for everything. they have a sense that everybody is irresponsible. a writer said if a political leader can find a way to speak a different language that gets away from the deadlock and tired debate every week and get at the deeper notion of
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responsibility, i think that is the way to re-election but also a way of getting the country a better direction. >> you have to be careful how you talk about our jobs. on clinton, i have a quote from deniro, you are good, you are very, very good. he is such a gifted politician. i wonder if we could amend the 22nd amendment and allow him to run again. he is so entertaining. it will all depend on the economy. there is no indication we will have a rapid recovery. if you look at ronald reagan, the time tracking of this is almost equivalent to ronald reagan 81-84. he had a rapid snap out of that recession, 7% growth, we have 1.3%. you will not get reelected on 1.3%.
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>> homegrown extremists are more sophisticated and better able to connect with other extra tests. in certain cases, they are more operationally capable than what we had previously seen. that is the fbi director. homegrown excrements may be inspired by the global jihadist movement. >> after the london bombing,
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people said we do not have that problem here. they say is much more integrated in american society. some of us had been suggesting that. i remember asking the fbi director after robert mueller whether we have that issue in this country and he said no at that time. there were indications that we had a homegrown threat. it ties back into the question of how we prosecute a war overseas agree we don't have an enemy that will come to a conference table and signed a document. we will be seeing this kind of problem for years to come in this country. what causes individuals to resort to this? >> we are a country of 3 million people. we have seen this in other areas. we had black panthers blowing things up at one point. you cannot expect, especially with young people, and certain
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recruitment after by allies overseas, their allies overseas, that we are not going to see some of this. it is scary but it will beat maracas if we did not have this. >> is there a national security official who would not do a worst-case scenario? the context here is that if you are the director of homeland security, you will not come out and say don't worry. you will always say that the threat is coming. >> what about times square? >> there is a time -- you cannot deny the problem when it is right there in front of you and you have evidence. >> i still think the major threat, the big one, would come from the outside you do get the
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lone wolf here and there but you do not see the vast networks uc and the middle east. if we did, i think you might get a duty then. i see it coming from the outside the way 9/11 did. it might involve a weapon of mass destruction. >> the new bob woodward book describes the internal struggle among the president's team on afghanistan. the quote that jumps out is -- >> we can absorb a terrorist attack. we will do everything we can to prevent it but even a 9/11 we absorb and we are stronger." ambassador john bolton asked how any american president can say that? he doesn't care about americans dying. >> president bush said that, he said we endured 9/11 and we are stronger for it. that is exactly what he said that it is also true. i don't know what john bolton is talking about.
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>> it is true that we can absorb -- we can absorb a nuclear bomb. then our society changes if an atom bomb goes off. up to a. wmd, we can absorb it. >> i think the shocking quote was the exurbs. it was a way that obama spoke about afghanistan and he said he wanted an exit strategy he said he cannot lose the democratic party. this is a party that ran in two consecutive presidential elections on the premise that afghanistan was the central war. it was the central front and had to be gone. elected the president and now he says that in order to maintain the political support of his own party, he needs an exit strategy. if you are an afghan or an american soldier or a nato ally in afghanistan and to hear a president who wants out, thayou
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are demoralized. i found that shocking that a commander in chief would speak in that ambivalent way about a war he is conducting and he just escalated. >> i am not shocked. i have not read the book yet. the remark of general petraeus was the most telling. he said it would be difficult to win this war. he said we would probably have to keep a footprint there for many years. that is what i think is confronting president obama -- how do we get out of the situation we are in now because we cannot maintain the full- fledged, 30,000 troops over there forever. fledged, 30,000 troops over there forever. >> big change is coming up in
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>> one day i would like to run for mayor of city of chicago. that was an aspiration when i was in the house of representatives. >> chief of staff rahm emanuel on an interview. that looks like he is going and larry summers is also going. david axelrod will probably stick around until spring. what else is going on? >> when yogi berra was told that the mayor of ireland was jewish, he said only in america. [laughter] the manual dynasty, i like the ring of that. >> these jobs in the white house these days were always hard but now they are harder because you never stop. you always have your blackberry. if you know any of these people or other people, they are utterly and exhausted.
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there were exhausted during the campaign before that. >> what about the national security team. >> > i thin there will be shakeups there. there is some question about donovan taking over as national security adviser. there is usually a change that takes place. president obama has an inner circle and he does not trust outsiders. if he does not open up that circle, >> it is the same problem bush had. >>donelin talked about -- was talked about to replace rahm emanuel but he is waiting to replace robert gates. the effect will be to bring that
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circle ever tighter because donnelin is an insight guide. >> is there a name to replace rahm emanuel? >> no. >> a final word? >> i am not in the inner circle so i don't know who is in line. >> the last word, thank you, see you next week. ♪
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